Director (MD). Principal Investigator.
Paul Hawkes is a relatively unusual detective in that he has spent most of his working life as a legal investigator and is now seen as an accomplished veteran investigator. From a finance background, he initially established himself as a professional investigator within the UK investigation industry in August 1977, soon developing a speciality in crisis management, complex traces (finding missing people) worldwide as well as covert surveillance services. During his prolific career, Paul Hawkes has progressively acquired a comprehensive range of well-placed contacts, industry knowledge, techniques and resources; having been involved in numerous security assignments and projects spanning the globe.
During the 1980s and mid-1990s Paul Hawkes became a ‘go-to’ asset investigator both within and outside the UK investigation industry, developing a specific specialisation in worldwide asset identification and location, as well as providing strategic investigative information, running assignments and projects worldwide. During this time he acted near exclusively on behalf of legal and investigative firms and later of select private individuals and government; regularly working on high-profile cases in the international arena. He now has a reputation for his ability to understand clients’ requirements and for discreetly getting the job done. With so many decades of experience, Paul Hawkes lives and breathes forensic investigations and intelligence.
Discreet Projects and Assignments
Paul Hawkes also managed and ran a renowned but exclusive research agency working out of Liechtenstein during the 1980s and 1990s, later redeveloping Research Associates into one of the UK’s premier ‘full-service agencies’ subsequent to changes in the UK and worldwide legislation during the late 1990s. Both Paul Hawkes and Research Associates have been the subject of numerous low-key articles appearing in the international and UK press; including The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent.
In the public domain, Paul Hawkes’ involvement is well documented in investigations into numerous high-profile matrimonial matters, strategic covert surveillance and fraud cases involving multi-million-pound losses, where retrieval of funds was high on the agenda. These include Polly Peck/Asil Nadir; the Brink’s-Mat Gold Robbery; identifying funds sequestrated by the UK Government during the 1980s NUM Miners Strike; and during the Gulf War helping identify funds held by correspondent banks in London by Rafidain Bank of Iraq and Rasheed Bank of Iraq. Paul Hawkes also initiated the original focused investigation into Harold Brown (Diana, Princess of Wales‘ butler), which led directly to the police investigation and subsequent arrest of former royal butlers, Harold Brown and Paul Burrell. He was also the lead investigator, working in both the UK and South Africa, in the infamous Bruce Grobbelaar libel case involving the Sun Newspaper (please note that all the aforementioned cases appear in the public domain). Numerous prominent private clients remain forever anonymous and confidential; Paul Hawkes is renowned for his consistent discretion and sensitivity in all matters.